Fr. Gilbert J. Gustafson

Ordained: 1977
Status: Convicted

Diocese: Archdiocese of St. Paul & Minneapolis, MN

Pled guilty to abusing a boy for five years in the 1970s. Parents found out in 1982 and complained to church officials. Gustafson was sent to treatment. He also admitted abusing other boys. He paid $40 fine and served four to six months in Jail. In 11/92 a woman filed suit alleging she was abused by Gustafson for about five years, also beginning in 1977. Suit settled in 10/05. Permanently removed in 2002. Sentenced by Vatican to life of prayer & penance. In 7/06, Archbishop Flynn declared him medically disabled in a binding legal agreement. Still receiving pension from Archdiocese in 2/14. News in 9/15 that Gustafson was trying to raise money with a survivor (not abused by him) to buy chancery for healing center (“Gilead Project”) for clergy sex abuse victims.


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